Arashi-Do Martial Arts

Qualifications and Certification History

The company named “Arashi-Do Karate” has been in existence since 1985, with the four current owners having been involved with the direction and growth of the organization since 1988.

Achieving ranking in Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai / Kickboxing, Judo and several other Martial Arts, they also accomplished numerous Titles and Championships over the years, including a Canadian Golden Gloves Kickboxing Title, a Western Canadian Modified Muay Thai Title, and a World Karate Title in the WKA Championships.

Throughout their careers the directors have endeavored to increase their working knowledge in the martial arts and pass it on to their instructors and students. Over a period of years, they developed staff training methods, which include a certification process for all their major programs including Cardio-Kickboxing and a woman’s personal safety course, “fit-safe” and instructor training programs for all martial arts taught within the organization.

As well as Martial Arts training and accomplishments, the instructors at Arashi-Do Martial Arts are required to attend and keep current on CPR and First Aid Certification, and Assistant Instructor / Instructor Training Course, and regular staff training from the organization itself.

The original Black Belt Certification Committee “B.B.C.C.” of Arashi-Do Karate was comprised of five chief instructors, who over a period of five years developed testing procedures and quality control standards within the organization. Since then, Arashi-Do Karate has expanded its information base by using many of the organizations which exist, not only within the martial arts, but also through programs made available by the federal and provincial governments, to increase knowledge and professionalism in a relatively unexplored market.

Some of the organizations most directly involved with increased exposure of Arashi-Do Karate and the level of professionalism there within, have been: NAPMA or the National Association of Professional Martial Artists from which a great number of the innovations were incorporated, the World Ging Wu Martial Arts Association, Shoot-Wrestling Canada, our Jiu Jitsu leader and mentor Sylvio Behring of Behring Jiu Jitsu, and affiliation with the World Muay Thai Council of Bangkok, Thailand.


Mr. Mark Brzak creates the concept of Arashi-Do Karate.

Mr. Mark Brzak opens and operates a Karate school in Rocky Mountain House Alberta.


Mr. Dan Brzak, another of the first instructors, achieves Black Belt in Karate.


Mr. Craig Janiszewski and Mr. Dustin Moberg achieve Black Belt in Karate.

Mr. Gary Vig achieves Black Belt in Karate and starts teaching Karate.


Mr. Mike Bonde achieves Black Belt in Karate and starts teaching.


Members of the organization agree on a unifying name to the system, “Arashi-Do Karate” is official.

Mr. Mike Bonde opens 2nd location in Sylvan Lake with the 3rd to soon follow with Mr. Gary Vig in Red Deer.


Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde receive Second Degree Black Belt.

Mr. Mark Brzak resigns as Head Instructor of Arashi-Do Karate.

Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde succeed Mr. Brzak as Co-Head Instructors of Arashi-Do Karate

Dec. 4, Mr. Chris Bonde starts Arashi-Do Caroline.


Dec. 7, Mr. Chris Bonde receives his Black Belt in Arashi-Do Karate.

Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde create research and development mandate for several new martial arts programs.


Mr. Chris Bonde opens an Arashi-Do Karate location in Edmonton, AB.


Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde promote five instructors to Black Belt.


Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde receive 3rd Degree Black Belt from Coach Ron Beer from Ont. Canada.

Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde promote three Chief Instructors to 2nd Degree Black Belt including Mr. Chris Bonde.

The Black Belt Certification Committee (BBCC) is formed with five new directors, establishing their mission to expand and grow Arashi-Do Karate.

A new curriculum is developed for several new Martial Arts programs to be introduced at Arashi-Do Karate schools.

New curriculum is developed for the new programs being offered at Arashi-Do Karate.


Arashi-Do expands to 7 locations and breaks the 300 student mark system-wide.


With five Chief Instructors & over 300 students, the next few years produce many new Black Belts.

Arashi-Do Karate passes 70 black belts in the organization and has ten schools.

Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde achieve Black Belt level grading in a Mixed Martial Art (Shoot wrestling).


The 5 directors travel to numerous seminars and conferences to continue their martial arts education.

Mr. Chris Bonde competes and wins Middleweight Championship at the WKA Canadian Golden Gloves.


Arashi-Do has produced over 100 Black Belts system wide, including its 1st MMA Black Belts.

The B.B.C.C. charges new Black Belts with research and development to refine future martial arts programs.

Mr. Chris Bonde starts actively pursuing Muay Thai training and research for the B.B.C.C.

Mr. Mike Yackulic starts actively pursuing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and research for the BBCC.

Mr. Steven Hart retires from the BBCC. The BBCC then proceeds with four members.


2004 – Mr. Mike Yackulic and Ms. Lynn Jennyc become the next to own an Arashi-Do franchise.

Mr. Mike Yackulic travels to Brazil to train BJJ and explore an opportunity of partnership with Behring Jiu Jitsu.


The Arashi-Do B.B.C.C. officially changes the name from Arashi-Do Karate to Arashi-Do Martial Arts.

Mr. Gary Vig competes and wins a silver medal at the WKA World Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontario.


Mr. Gary Vig competes and wins a gold medal at the WKA World Championship in Benidorm, Spain.

Arashi-Do becomes affiliated with the Canadian Ging Wu Martial Arts Association.

Mr. Chris Bonde achieves Black Prajied in Muay Thai from the WMC vice president Stephan Fox in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mr. Gary Vig, Mr. Mike Bonde and Mr. Chris Bonde receive their 5th and 3rd degree in Karate respectively, Sensei Dale Lee of the Canadian Ging Wu Martial Arts Association.


Mr. Dean Forsyth retires from the BBCC. The BBCC then proceeds with three members.

Mr. Chris Bonde competes and wins the Canadian Modified Muay Thai Middleweight Title Belt.

Several new candidates for franchise ownership emerge and go through the qualifying process.


Mr. Gary Vig trains 2 Jr. Black Belts from Arashi-Do to a WKA World Championship in Ontario.

Mr. Trevor Clarke (Arashi-Do Springbank) Mr. Russell Dahms (Rocky Mountain House), Mr. Jason Bryant (Arashi-Do Calgary N.E.) and Mr. Ken Sumner (Arashi-Do Sylvan Lake), become the next to own an Arashi-Do franchise.


Mr. Chris Bonde receives his 4th Degree in Arashi-Do Karate, from Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde.

Mr. Ryan Timoffee (Arashi-Do Sherwood Park), Ms. Rem Amparo and Mr. Lane Binetruy (Arashi-Do Edm. West), become the next to own an Arashi-Do franchise.

Mr. Ken Sumner becomes Head Instructor/Owner of Arashi-Do Caroline.

The number of Arashi-Do Martial Arts schools reaches 20 with an active student count of over 1000.

Mr. Mike Yackulic achieves his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Professor Sylvio Behring.

Arashi-Do Martial Arts becomes an Umbrella organization with each new program being named officially.

Arashi-Do Franco Behring BJJ and Lom Pa Yu Muay Thai were launched under the Arashi-Do umbrella.


Arashi-Do reaches another milestone awarding it’s 250th Black Belt and has over 1500 students.


Jun. 6, Mr. Chris Bonde opens Arashi-Do Martial Arts Leduc, AB., with head instructor Mr. Manuel Hernandez.


Feb. 1, Mr. Mike Yackulic starts Arashi-Do Martial Arts Whyte Ave, Edm., AB. w/ head instructor Mr. Andrew Gummer.

Jul. 8, Mr. Mike Bonde starts Arashi-Do Martial Arts Drayton Valley, AB., with head instructor/owner Mr. Ken Sumner.


Mr. Mike Yackulic becomes a partner in the Black Belt Certification Committee, the B.B.C.C. then proceeds with 4 members.

Jul. 12-14, Arashi-Do Martial Arts hosts 28th anniversary party at the AGM with many dignitaries.


Feb., Arashi-Do M.A. adopts Japanese honorifics “Renshi” for 3rd and 4th degree, and “Kyoshi” for 5th degree and higher.

Oct. 25, Mr. Chris Bonde receives Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Grand Master Alvaro Barreto and Master Sylvio Behring.


Sept. 1, Edson Martial Arts joins Arashi-Do with Mr. Troy Sorensen as Owner/Head Instructor.


Sept. 11, Arashi-Do Martial Arts St. Albert opens with Mr. Tyson LaRone as Manager/Head Instructor.


Jan. 1, Arashi-Do Martial Arts West Edmonton Mayfield is opened with Mr. Lane Binetruy as Owner/Head Instructor.

Aug. 17, Mr. Chris Bonde took possession of the new south dojo, began rough in Aug. 31, Mezz Nov. and main Jan. 3, 2018.

Apr. 30, Arashi-Do Martial Arts Edmonton South officially vacated the original location after 19 years.

May 27, Mr. Mike Yackulic receives his 2nd degree in Karate from the Arashi-Do Black Belt Certification Committee.

Dec. 2, Mr. Gary Vig receives his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Professor Josh Russell.


Apr. 10, Arashi-Do Martial Arts Edmonton South holds first classes in the new almost finished south location.

May 6, Mr. Vig and Bonde receive their 6th degree in Karate from the Jing Ying representatives, Master Dale Lee and SiGung Edmond Poon. The Jing Ying also awarded Mr. Chris Bonde 5th degree in Karate.

Sept. 1, Arashi-Do Martial Arts Olds opens with Mr. Jamie Hart as Manager/Head Instructor.

Sept., Mr. Russell Dahms moves the Arashi-Do Martial Arts Rocky Mtn. Hse. dojo into its new location.


Jul. 15, Arashi-Do Martial Arts Edmonton East opens with Mr. Neil Armstrong as Manager/Head Instructor.

Summer sees the move and creation of the new Arashi-Do Martial Arts Red Deer dojo and Event center.

Aug. 1, Mr. Tyson LaRone becomes franchise owner of Arashi-Do Martial Arts St. Albert.

Sept. 30, Mr. Jamie Hart becomes franchise owner of Arashi-Do Martial Arts Olds.


January sees the Arashi-Do Martial Arts Edmonton North location expand to the next bay after 16 years.

April 17, Mr. Mike Bonde receives Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Master Sylvio Behring.

Arashi-Do has 19 schools, over 2500 members, and 384 Black Belts. (339 Karate, 9 Shoot wrestling, 20 Muay Thai, 18 BJJ).



Since Mr. Vig and Mr. Bonde took over operations of Arashi-Do Karate Schools, they have attempted to pursue knowledge of the Martial Arts as well as keeping current in the fitness world. They have promoted hundreds of students to Black Belt Level, ranging in age from 10 to 55 years old with exceptional physical skill, mental awareness and personal stability.

The ultimate goal of the founders of Arashi-Do Karate was to have a family of skilled martial artists that believe in the mission of Arashi-Do and will strive to not only uphold its beliefs but continue to expand and grow the organization into the future. The benefits of Martial Arts training are immeasurable. Arashi-Do is proud of its accomplishments but is far more proud of the people we have helped to become the great representatives they are today.